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Xplore Technologies is the leading provider of rugged mobile computers built to withstand harsh environmental conditions and physical stress. Designed and tested to meet stringent Military Environmental Standards, the Xplore family of rugged mobile computers can endure drops on concrete, blowing rain and dust and exposure to extreme temperatures and dust.

Ready to work under the toughest conditions, more organizations are choosing Xplore's rugged mobile computers. These award-winning computers are an ideal solution for increasing employee mobility and productivity beyond the office, and reducing dependence on wired desktops for data and application access.

  • First to market with HDMI-In for cable and satellite providers
  • First to market with Intel Core i7 in rugged tablets
  • First with auto-sensing dual-mode imput (active pen/finger touch)
  • First rugged Microsoft compliant Tablet PC
  • First truly rugged Tablet PC with multiple wireless options using a fully integrated implementation
  • First and only automatic Dual Mode version of the Tablet PC
  • AllVue LCD technology
  • Up to 4 multi-modal wireless devices in a rugged, portable Tablet PC

XSlate B10 rugged Windows tablet

The XSlate B10 rugged Windows tablet, introduced in September 2015, complements Xplore's existing line of ultra-rugged iX104 Windows tablets and also provides an enhanced and significantly more powerful version of its existing Bobcat tablet. 

The Intel Broadwell-powered XSlate B10 weighs just 2.55 pounds, has dual cameras, a high-quality 1366 x 768 pixel IPS projected capacitive touch display, up to 256GB storage, USB 3.0, legacy RS232 serial, microHDMI, 2.5 meter GPS, fingerprint reader, carries an IP65 ingress protection rating, and can provide up to 20 hours of battery life.

Bobcat rugged Windows tablet

The Bobcat rugged Windows tablet, introduced in June 2014, complements Xplore's existing line of ultra-rugged iX104 Windows tablets as well as their Android-based RangerX tablet, adding a formerly missing piece that further broadens and expands Xplore's reach in the rugged market. 

The Intel Bay Trail-powered Bobcat weighs under 2.5 pounds, has dual cameras, a high-quality 1366 x 768 pixel IPS projected capacitive touch display, up to 240GB storage, USB 3.0, legacy RS232 serial, microHDMI, 2.5 meter GPS, fingerprint reader, carries an IP65 ingress protection rating, and provides up to 14 hours of battery life.

XSlate D10 rugged Android tablet

The RangerX rugged Android 5.1 ("Lollipop") tablet, introduced November 2015, merges the kind of state-of-the-art technology consumers expect and demand with the ruggedness and durability business and enterprise need. 

The XSlate D10 has dual cameras, a high-quality 1366 x 768 pixel IPS projected capacitive touch display, fast and rugged solid state storage, exceptional onboard connectivity (including optional HDMI-in and RJ45), a CAC reader, carries an IP65 ingress protection rating, and has a up to 20-hour battery life.

iX104 rugged Tablet PC

The iX104 Tablet PC computer combines patented ruggedization techniques and leading-edge technology.  This product is built to operate in demanding environments including exposure to vibration, extreme temperatures, moisture, dust or drops to concrete. Warranties are supported by independent 3rd party testing to Military Standard guidelines.  

The iX104 incorporates integrated wireless capabilities, magnesium alloy housings, shock mounted hard drives, enhanced XGA displays, Intel processors and onboard ports for expansion.  Resistive pen touch and/or inductive pen interfaces are available with the iX104.  This product utilizes full Windows operating systems so that organizations can utilize a variety of industry leading software.

Motion R12

The Motion R12 Tablet PC, introduced March 2014, is a sleek, rugged, high-performance tablet PC designed for mobile workers who move between field and office. Enterprise-ready, the CL900 offers a blend of performance, integrated features and mobility. The R12 has a large 12.5-inch screen with both multi-touch and Wacom pen input. Weighing under 3 pounds, the R12 can be configured with 4G LTE, dedicated GPS, 1D or 2D scanners, RFID, and also a legacy RS2232 port. There are desktop and vehicle docks, an ingenious wireless keyboard, and all the accessories to allow the R12 platform to seamlessly and beautifully work together for incomparable efficiency and unbeatable productivity in public safety, construction and field service.

Motion CL920

Xplore's Motion CL920 tablet is a rugged, lightweight and powerfully equipped tablet PC platform that's been purposefully designed, developed and built for mobile business. Enterprise-ready, the CL920 offers a perfect blend of performance, integrated features and mobility. Every CL920 tablet comes out of the box ready to work. Weighing just 2.1 pounds, the CL920 helps every user to work faster, smarter and more effectively, providing the capabilities, applications, and ergonomic ease-of-use mobile workers need to be more productive in today's decentralized work environments.

Motion F5m

The fully-sealed F5m, designed specifically for the mobile field worker, is a rugged and highly mobile tablet PC providing electronic clipboard-like functionality. Its lightweight, rugged design and molded handle make it easy to carry all day in the field while its integrated features - RFID reader, barcode scanner, digital camera and mobile broadband - reduce the number of tools mobile field workers must carry. The F5m's daylight-viewable display offers the ability to easily see, and work with, data in the field, even in direct sunlight. A smart card reader and EasyConnect USB/Ethernet module improve usability and enhance security options.

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Xplore News

Xplore reports their fiscal Q3/2017 financials

For Q3 of their fiscal 2017 financials, Xplore Technologies reported revenue of US$24.5 million, compared to US$27.0 million for the same quarter a year ago. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $219,000 compared to net income of $786,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2015. As far as revenue goes, Xplore said the numbers reflect increased demand for multiple Xplore platforms, offset slightly by production capacity constraints caused by orders weighted heavily toward XSLATE D10 and Bobcat devices. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, February 3, 2017 by chb

Xplore Technologies and CLS America partner to launch the Thorium X SatCom rugged Android tablet

Xplore Technologies has partnered with CLS America to launch the Thorium X satcom rugged tablet system. The Thorium X is built on Xplore's XSLATE D10 Android rugged tablet PC. Xplore received an initial order from CLS for 1,000 XSLATE D10 units, plus follow-on orders as needed. The giant advantage of the Thorium X is that it can communicate where there is no WiFi or cell coverage. According to Michael Kelly, VP of CLS America. “Thorium X allows people to stay connected via satellite 100% of the time, and at a fraction of the cost of satellite phones.” [See Xplore/CLS America media release and Thorium X web page] -- Posted Friday, January 13, 2017 by chb

Xplore receives follow-up rugged tablet order

Xplore Technologies announced that one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility companies has placed a $1.7 million follow-on order for XSLATE B10 fully rugged tablets, bringing the customer's total investment in Xplore solutions to more than $2.7 million in 2016. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Monday, December 12, 2016 by chb

Industry 4.0: The Making of the Mobile Information Worker

Like IoT, the Internet of Things, the term "Industry 4.0" is talked about a lot these days. In essence, Industry 4.0 describes a world where intelligent networked systems go beyond mere machine control via feedback systems, interdisciplinary cooperation, IoT technology, and advanced resource/demand management to morph into "intelligent" or at least "smart" factories. Where does that leave workers? Xplore's latest blog describes how we're seeing a rise in "information workers" who are valued for their capacity to make better-informed decisions and take more meaningful actions to improve the quality and efficiency of increasingly specialized manufacturing operations. [Read "Industry 4.0: The Making of the Mobile Information Worker"] -- Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by chb

Xplore rugged Android tablet chosen for underwater vehicle HMI

Xplore Technologies announced that Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) has exclusively selected the Xplore XSLATE D10 Rugged Tablet use in an intuitive Human Machine Interface to control its new hybrid FUSION underwater vehicle. FUSION was designed for mine countermeasure, explosive ordinance disposal and other military inspection tasks, as well as search and rescue or body recovery operations. [See Xplore media release and SRS FUSION page] -- Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports their fiscal Q2/2017 financials

Xplore Technologies reported Q2 financials for its fiscal year 2017. Revenue was US$20.0 million compared to US$16.5 million in Q1/2017 and US$28.85 million for fiscal Q2/2016. Xplore reported a net loss of US$536,000 compared to a net income of US$403,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The revenue decrease compared to the same quarter last year resulted from softer sales in Europe and timing of customer shipments. Xplore chairman and CEO Philip Sassower said "Fiscal second quarter revenue increased 21% sequentially on rising shipments while operating costs declined significantly, placing Xplore firmly on track for profitability in the second half of this year." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Friday, November 11, 2016 by chb

Exclusive: First full review of the 12.5-inch, Intel Kaby Lake-powered rugged Xplore XSLATE R12

Xplore Technologies announced the Xplore XSLATE R12 rugged tablet for those who need a larger display in a tablet that's tough enough to go anywhere AND delivers blistering performance. Think full HD 12.5-inch capacitive display AND Wacom pen, 2.7/3.5 GHz "Kaby Lake" i7-7500U processor, and excellent connectivity. In an exclusive, RuggedPCReview puts the XSLATE R12 though its paces and finds much to like. [See Xplore media release and RuggedPCReview's full review of the Xplore XSLATE R12] -- Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by chb

Bristol Township Police Department chooses Xplore rugged tablets to replace Panasonic Toughbooks in patrol cars, field

Xplore Technologies announced that the Bristol Township Police Department in Pennsylvania has chosen to standardize on Xplore R12 rugged tablet PCs after nearly 15 years of cycling through fast failing notebooks and other mobile devices that proved unfit for public safety’s extreme daily operating environments. Just one-third of the way through its full fleet upgrade to the R12, local law enforcement officers already boast about the rugged tablet’s uninterrupted 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and satellite GPS connectivity as they transition from the station to the patrol car and into the field for incident response and investigation. [See Xplore media release] and Not Missing a Beat case study] -- Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by chb

Xplore: With Android for Work, rugged tablets will work better

Xplore points out that stock Android isn't necessarily very suitable for work, but Android for Work is (See What is Android for Work?), and that requires the presence of certain APIs. Xplore says that Android devices intended for work *should* be certified to support the standard Google APIs required for Mobile Device Management (MDM) or Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions to do their job. Such solutions provide the critical software infrastructure that organizations of all sizes, and across all industries, require on their mobile devices . And MDM/EMM solutions from MobileIron, SOTI, and AirWatch by VMWare all leverage Android for Work middleware to provide the security and device management that enable workers’ Android mobile devices to be safe and up-to-date. [See Xplore's With Android for Work, Your Rugged Tablets Will Work Better for You] -- Posted Friday, September 30, 2016 by chb

Xplore completes MobileIron Android MDM compatibility testing

Xplore announced that it has successfully completed the MobileIron Android Self Testing Program with its XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PC. The program is designed for manufacturers to verify whether their devices support the Google standard APIs, which are used by MobileIron to enable enterprise features such as password policies, encryption, and certificate management. Bryan Bell, VP, Engineering, Xplore, said “Xplore’s goal is to provide an easily managed enterprise mobility experience for our customers, whether they’re using a few Xplore rugged tablets to support small municipality workflows or deploying thousands of Xplore rugged tablets to drive complex global operations." [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by chb

Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets

At the January 1997 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I walked into the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center on the lookout for something — anything — new and exciting in tablets or pen computers. Sure, Microsoft had announced Windows CE at the Fall Comdex in response to Apple’s Newton Message Pad and the emerging “Palm Economy,” and our bi-monthly Pen Computing Magazine was doing well. But, by and large, handhelds and tablets were very far removed from the booming world of desktop computers and laptops and printers and the latest of absolutely-must-have PC software. But there, amidst all of the glitzy, glossy booths of mainstream computing was… an even glitzier and glossier booth by a company I had never heard of. They called themselves Xplore Technologies, and they were thinking big... [Read Congrats to Xplore Technologies: 20 years of rugged tablets, and only rugged tablets] -- Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 by chb

Xplore receives US$13.5 million follow-on order for Android-based XSlate D10 rugged tablets

Xplore announced that one of the largest broadband and wireless telecommunications companies in the United States has ordered more than 9,000 XSLATE D10 fully rugged tablet PCs. With this $13.5 million investment, the customer intends to completely eliminate the use of laptops by its fiber optic service division. Xplore says that after extensive field testing, the XSLATE D10 rugged tablet was the only mobile computing solution with the flexibility and adaptability to meet the division’s field-service performance standards and Total Cost of Ownership target. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports fiscal Q1/2017 financials

Xplore Technologies announced revenues of US$16.5 million for Q1 of 2016 (down from US$24.04 million for Q1 2016). Q1 2017 showed a net loss of US$1.7 million compared to a net loss of US$224k in Q1 2016. For fiscal 2017, Xplore continues to anticipate revenue to range between $85 million and $95 million, reflecting the impact of what the company believes is a temporary global slowdown in the rugged tablet market and shipment delays experienced during the first fiscal quarter. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Thursday, August 11, 2016 by chb

Xplore rugged tablets now available to Pennsylvania's public sector agencies via COSTARS

Xplore Technologies announced that its complete portfolio of Xplore and Motion by Xplore rugged tablet PC solutions is now available for purchase through the COSTARS Cooperative Purchasing Program in Pennsylvania. The COSTARS IT Hardware Contract 003-437 awarded to Xplore VAR partner Allegiance Technology now enables all Pennsylvania state and local government agencies — including law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments — to directly purchase any of Xplore’s ultra-rugged, fully rugged or rugged tablet PCs and accessories through Allegiance without additional authorization. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016 by chb

Xplore: When rugged tablet displays show their true colors

In a new blog entry, Xplore's Tom Kost mused, "Unfortunately, the loose definition of 'outdoor viewable' and the wide variations of display technology used within each mobile device class make a confident decision challenging sometimes without seeing a laptop or tablet’s true colors for yourself — in the actual outdoor working environment, not a simulated one." That, of course, is ever so true, and Tom's article is a good trigger to think the outdoor viewability issue through again. [Read When rugged tablet displays show their true colors] -- Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports record revenue for fiscal 2016

Xplore Technologies reported financials for all of their fiscal 2016 that ended ended March 31, 2016. For the entire fiscal year 2016, Xplore reported record revenues of US$100.5 million, up 136% from US$42.6 million for fiscal 2015. There was net loss of US$0.36 million for the full year, compared with a net loss of US$0.25 million in 2015, attributable in part to expensed integration costs related to the Motion acquisition. Note that fiscal 2016 revenue benefited from a significantly expanded product line, as well as new addressable markets and global sales capabilities through the Motion acquisition in April 2015. Xplore is now #2 in global rugged tablet marketshare. [See Xplore financials release] -- Posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 by chb

Xplore rugged tablets chosen as German premium automotive manufacturer’s primary mobility solution for 12+ years

Xplore Technologies reported it is celebrating its collaborative mobility achievements with one of Germany’s biggest premium automotive manufacturers. For more than 12 years, the automotive manufacturer has been placing continuous orders for Xplore rugged and ultra-rugged tablet PC solutions to mobilize multiple workflow applications within its factory and warehouse environments. Thousands of enterprise-ready Xplore XC6 series tablets (see our review) and Motion F5m by Xplore tablets (see our review) have taken the place of inefficient paper-based processes, delivering the future-proof flexibility and scalability the customer required of its mobility solution as manufacturing technology designs have evolved. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by chb

Why are some rugged tablets immune to typical corrosion?

Anyone living on a coastline knows about the perils of rust. And salt fog (or sea air) is especially corrosive, with frequent exposure leading to oxidation that can deteriorate any type of metal or electronic device over time. A new Xplore blog entry discusses what makes a rugged mobile computer fit for ship, submarine, or port operations, or for military maritime duty. [See Xplore blog Maritime Mobility: Why Some Rugged Tablets are Immune to Typical Computer Corrosion -- Posted Monday, June 13, 2016 by chb

Xplore secures additional order from U.S. railroad transportation company for rugged Tablet PCs

Xplore Technologies announced it has secured an order for an additional 120 Xplore Bobcat tablet computers from a leading U.S. railroad transportation company. The long-time customer recently placed a $1 million order for Bobcat tablets in April. The continued deployment and additional orders for fully rugged Bobcat tablets is to help railroad conductors safely stay connected and up-to-date with scheduling and cargo data, regardless of distance traveled, or amount of shock and vibration endured. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by chb

Utilities aren’t the only ones finding their way with GIS

In its latest blog, Xplroe Technologies points out that geospatial applications aren’t exclusively beneficial to traditional field service sectors. Thanks to the proliferation of more advanced mobile computing technologies and the collective efforts of organizations such as Esri and industry leaders, GIS information is influencing the operational efficiency of professionals in almost every global industry. Xplore's Vertical Solutions Architect Bob Ashenbrenner explains the situation and opportunities in considerable detail in Geo Informatics Magazine. [See Geo Informatics article] -- Posted Friday, April 29, 2016 by chb

Xplore gets $1 million order from leading US utility company

Xplore Technologies announced it has been awarded a $1 million order for its Xplore XSLATE B10 fully-rugged tablet from one of the nation’s top 10 electric power and natural gas utility company. The continued deployment and additional orders for the XSLATE B10 tablet are to help the company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in the utility field service. [See Xplore media release -- Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 by chb

Xplore wins multi-million dollar order from global transportation company

Xplore announced it has secured a multi-million dollar order for its Xplore XSLATE D10 Android-based rugged tablet computers from a leading global transportation company. The order for the fully-rugged XSLATE D10 tablets is to help the transportation company achieve cost savings and increase mobility in its rail yards. [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by chb

Xplore Technologies launches new integrated website

Xplore Technologies announced it has launched a new fully integrated website that showcases the combined strengths and product offerings of Xplore and Motion Computing. The new Xplore website serves as a central resource for partners and customers, reflecting the integrated product portfolio and future of Xplore. "It has been an exciting year of bringing the Motion Computing product line together with Xplore under one corporate brand and product umbrella,” said Peter Poulin, chief marketing officer at Xplore Technologies. “Feedback from our customers on how best to address the global rugged tablet market was a critical factor in the design, and content, of our new integrated website. We are confident our customers will find the right rugged tablet platform to meet their industry and business requirements.” [See Xplore media release] -- Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by chb

Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks

Xplore Technologies' latest blog looks at the fierce competition between telecom providers where pricing wars and special teaser deals are used to gain and retain customers. However, long-term retention and profitability, says Xplore, remains dependent on service reliability and the delivery of innovative, on-demand, cross-platform technologies, And this, the blog states, is why several of the top U.S.-based global telecom operators have invested so significantly in rugged tablet technologies for their mobile workforce over the past decade. [See Rugged tablet quality: Just what telecoms need to build quality networks] -- Posted Monday, March 7, 2016 by chb

Xplore reports 64% increase in revenue for their fiscal Q3 2016

For Q4 of 2015 (which is actually Q3 of its fiscal year 2016), Xplore Technologies reported revenue of US$27.02 million, compared to US$16.44 million for the same quarter a year ago. For the nine months ended December 31, 2015, revenue was US$79.92 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2014 revenue of $27.24 million, an increase of 148%. Xplore reported net income for the quarter of $786,000 compared to net income of $2,401,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and a net income for the nine months ended December 31, 2015 of $2,039,000 compared to net income of $683,000 for the nine months ended December 31, 2014. The increase in revenue was due to revenue associated with the product line Xplore acquired in the April 17, 2015 acquisition of certain assets of Motion Computing. [See Xplore financials] -- Posted Friday, February 12, 2016 by chb

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Xplore Reviews
Xplore Bobcat (June 2014)
Xplore iX104XC6 (April 2014)
Xplore RangerX (July 2013)
Xplore iX104C5 DMSCR-M2 (May 2013)
Xplore iX104C5 (May 2011)
Xplore iX104C4 (Aug 2008)
Xplore iX104C3 (Nov 2006)
Xplore iX104C2 (Feb 2005)
Xplore iX104C (Jun 2003)

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